Grenada will soon have to hunt for a new Comptroller of Inland Revenue in the Ministry of Finance.
An authoritative source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the current holder of the post Pauline Peters is resigning from the position to take up an assignment in The Bahamas.
He said the resignation has taken officials of the Ministry of Finance by surprise since there is no one at the moment who has been under-studying the Comptroller.
Peters, the holder of a Master’s degree, was appointed to the post of Comptroller of Inland Revenue under the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Tillman Thomas.
She was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the introduction of the 15 percent Value Added Tax, the main revenue earner for the State.
According to the official, Peters would spend the rest of June in the position but will depart at the end of the month for The Bahamas “to do something in the area of VAT”.
Peters did not answer calls made to her cell phone by THE NEW TODAY to confirm her imminent departure.
An official at IRD also told this newspaper that she was not available since she had left the office to take part in a workshop session.
In the wake of the February 19 victory at the polls by the then opposition New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Keith Mitchell, there were reports from within the ruling party that some persons were not comfortable with her in such a senior position due to her closeness with a former official of Congress.
There are also reports that the new government might do a shake-up of the hierarchy of IRD.
Sources told this newspaper that if some persons within the administration have their way the current Consultant on VAT, Curlan Gilchrist would be also out of a job.
He quoted a top official in the regime as saying that Gilchrist’s contract will not be renewed when it comes to an end on the grounds that no one including the key people in the private sector has any confidence in him.
The Mitchell government has campaigned on a platform of putting together a competent team of technocrats to build a new economy for the cash-strapped island.